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Systems Engineering

The Systems Engineering Certificate Program will not be offered after the Winter 2023 quarter. Individuals interested in earning the certificate must successfully complete all program requirements by the end of Winter 2023 quarter. If you have any questions, please email



Systems engineering has increasing applications across a growing number of industries to effectively develop and manage technology solutions for both traditional and complex systems. Learn how to apply systems engineering concepts and processes to translate customer requirements and operational needs into effective solutions that meet cost, schedule, and performance goals.

The Systems Engineering Certificate prepares you to sit for the Associate and Certified levels of the Systems Engineering Professional exams (ASEP & CSEP) given by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). Recognized internationally, these certifications have set the standard for excellence in systems engineering.

Who Should Enroll

This program benefits program managers, project managers, and those in technical and non-technical disciplines who are involved in any aspect of the development and deployment of products or services. This includes development, design, operations, manufacturing, testing, implementation, procurement, cost, scheduling, training and support. Those who are involved with project or program management or enterprise-level process improvement will also benefit from this program.

Career Insight

Occupational summary for engineering technicians, except drafters, in the US. Source: Economic Modeling Specialists Intl.

Annual Job Openings
Projected Growth
Median Salary
(Highly experienced workers can earn up to $98k)

Program Benefits

  • Optimize product development and service deployments
  • Tailor the general systems engineering approach to specific markets like IoT, automotive and others
  • Improve your organization's operational efficiency
  • Reduce project and program risks while keeping on schedule and under budget
  • Write and manage effective requirements specifications using the processes of elicitation, analysis, negotiation, validation, and traceability
  • Develop innovative approaches for systems design and integration
  • Utilize simulation-based engineering to optimize development and deployment efforts
  • Define verification and validation programs
  • Identify, prioritize, and select relevant solutions to solve complex problems and processes
  • Prepare for industry certification

Course Schedule

Required Courses

EECS X491.81
Foundations of the Systems Engineering Process (2.50 Units)
EECS X491.81
EECS X491.71
Systems Requirements Engineering (2.50 Units)
EECS X491.71
EECS X491.94
System Design and Integration (2.50 Units)
EECS X491.94
EECS X491.93
System Validation and Verification (2.50 Units)
EECS X491.93
EECS X429.2
Simulation-Based Engineering of Complex Systems (2.50 Units)
EECS X429.2
EECS X491.98
Systems Engineering: Tools & Methods (2.50 Units)
EECS X491.98
to be scheduled      

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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Academic Calendar

Event Summer 2022 Fall 2022 Winter 2023 Spring 2023
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Apr 21 Jul 14 Oct 20 Jan 19
Courses Begin* (week of) Jun 20 Sep 19 Jan 3 Mar 27
Courses End* (week of) Sep 6 Dec 12 Mar 13 Jun 5
Parking Permits Expire Sep 30 Dec 31 Mar 31 Jun 30
Administrative Holidays Jun 20, Jul 4, Sep 5 Nov 11, Nov 24-25, Dec 23, Dec 26, Dec 30, Jan 2 Jan 16, Feb 20 Mar 31, May 29

*Actual dates may vary by program.


Free Events

Drexel University MS in Systems Engineering Online Open House

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
3:00 – 4:00 pm ET


Learn How To Earn Your CertificateCertificate Eligibility and Requirements

A certificate is awarded upon completion of 15 required credit units with a grade of “B” or better in each course. To become an official candidate in the program, students pursuing the certificate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy with a non-refundable $125 application fee. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. To receive the digital certificate after completing all program requirements, students must submit a Request for Certificate. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing a certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Transfer Credit

Drexel University College of EngineeringStudents who complete the Systems Engineering Certificate Program may receive academic credit and transfer all six courses into the M.S. Systems Engineering degree at Drexel University. A grade of “B” or higher is required for transfer credit.

Advisory Committee

  • Carlee Bishop, Ph.D., Executive Director, Professional Masters in System Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Derek Dunn-Rankin, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine
  • Carol J. Gutierrez, M.S. - System Engineering, MBA, INCOSE ESEP, CM
  • Rick Hefner, Ph.D., Program Director, California Institute of Technology
  • John C. Hsu, Ph.D., M.S., PE, Technical Director of Systems Management and Engineering Consulting Services; Adjunct Professor, California State University Long Beach; Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Thomas V. Huynh, Ph.D., Associate Professor Systems Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School
  • Scott Jackson, M.S., CSET, Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE); Adjunct Faculty in Systems Engineering and Resilience Architecting, University of Southern California
  • Michael E. Krueger, President, ASE consulting, LLC, Co-author of INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook
  • Ian Presland, CEng, CSEP, INCOSE UK; Professional Development Director Systems Engineering Business Manager, Thales Training & Consultancy
  • Benjamin Wu, Ph.D., PE, MBA, Managing Partner, Quality and Productivity Advisors

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.

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